Week 15 Big Ten Power Rankings

The regular season has wrapped up, with just the Big Ten title game on the slate this week. The weekends of watching football with endless Peloton ads is coming to an end. Anyway, time for the power rankings!

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (vs. Wisconsin, 8 pm on FOX)

The Buckeyes obliterated rival Michigan, earning their eighth straight win in the series. Up next: A Wisconsin team OSU also obliterated in the regular season in the conference championship game. OSU rolls. Also, this state is insane:

2. Penn State 

Penn State struggled early against Rutger(s), but pulled away to pick up their 10th win of the season. Also, they were the only team to remotely challenge the Buckeyes. A trip to a New Year’s Six bowl game is next.

3. Wisconsin

The Badgers cruised against Minnesota, reclaiming Paul Bunyan’s axe and earning the Big Ten West title. Unfortunately, they earned the right to get steamrolled against the Buckeyes again. Also, it seems like Wisconsin and OSU are in this game every year? *checks notes* Wisconsin has played in six of the nine title games, while OSU and Wisconsin have met three times.

4. Minnesota

The best Minnesota team in decades faded at the finish, but they won against Penn State, got their first appearance on College GameDay and continued to #rowtheboat

5. Michigan

Harbaugh is 0-5 against the Buckeyes. Does he bolt after this season? Or will he stay in the coaching job for as long as Michigan wants him? I’m sure the speculation will ramp up during and after bowl season.

6. Iowa  

I was tempted to put Iowa ahead of Michigan, but the Wolverines won the head-to-head matchup, plus Iowa nearly blew it at Nebraska.

7. Indiana


8. Illinois 

Pretty pitiful end to the season for Chicago’s Big Ten team to lose to Evanston’s Big Ten team.

9. Purdue 

The Boilers will regroup and have a young, hungry team next season. You would think next year would be the year the Boilers will have a complete team due to Jeff Brohm’s recruiting. If only the injury issues go away though.

10. Michigan State 

*removes score and any knowledge of last week’s game*

11. Nebraska

Next year is the year for Nebraska, right? Right?

12. Maryland

Hey, at least there is basketball season for Terps fans to be let down after high expectations.

13. Northwestern 

Well, completely whiffed on this game last week. However, Northwestern football is finished for the season and we are all better for it.

14. Rutger(s)

They really did it folks.

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